The Hague - Announce a demonstration

Announce a demonstration

Would you like to hold a demonstration or protest in The Hague? You will need to announce this in writing to the mayor. The mayor can then decide which measures the municipality and police need to take to ensure public safety and to steer the demonstration in the right direction.

Conditions

Announce a demonstration or protest at least 4 x 24 hours in advance. Weekends and public holidays are included in the 4 x 24 hour time period.

Announce online

Announce your demonstration or protest online.

Announce demonstration or protest

Rules during the demonstration

As the organiser of a demonstration or protest you have to abide by the following rules:

  • You are not permitted to block any roads, intersections or junctions.
  • The spot where you hold the demonstration must be cleaned up before you leave.
  • You must obey any police orders in the interest of public order or safety.
  • You must remain on the sidewalk during the route. The street must remain open to cars and public transportation (unless other agreements have been made).
  • The demonstration may not block the entrances and exits of buildings. Everybody must be able to walk in and out freely.
  • If you are using sound amplification such as microphones, speakers or megaphones, the volume may not be too loud. This applies in particular to busy spots.
  • If you are passing out flyers and people drop the flyers on the ground, you must pick them up yourself.
  • You need to arrange people who are responsible for keeping the order (ordedienst), made up of at least 10% of the number of participants in the demonstration.
  • You are responsible for a contact person for the police department in The Hague.
  • You are not permitted to set fire to objects before, during or after the demonstration.
  • You need to take care that participants in the demonstration are not carrying or consuming alcohol.
  • Participants in the demonstration may not carry big sticks or similar kinds of objects with them. These sticks may also not be used to hold up a banner.  
  • Participants in the demonstration are not permitted to wear face-covering clothing in order to commit criminal offences without being recognised.
  • The demonstration may not discriminate on the basis of religion, life principles, political persuasion, race, gender or other ways or incite violence.
  • The demonstration may not cause any damage to third parties.

Special rules for special places

Stricter rules may be in effect around embassies and international courts. These institutions must always remain undisturbed and accessible and their ability to function may not come under threat.

The historic centre of The Hague is a relatively small area with many shops, catering establishments and offices. This area is also used intensively for exhibitions, markets and events. This is why the possibility to demonstrate in this area is more limited than in other locations.

      More information

      For more information call 0900 - 88 44 and ask for the RCCB. Or send an email to Conflict en Crisisbeheersing (RCCB) at The Hague's police department at: DHG.afdelingRCCB@politie.nl.